Judge requires loughner to get mental exam
An Arizona judge on Monday ordered the suspect in the January shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., to undergo a mental evaluation at a specialized facility in Missouri as soon as possible. The evaluation will be videotaped and provided to prosecutors and defense attorneys, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said. Loughner, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 attack that killed six and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The defense has not said if it intends to present an insanity defense.
Blagojevich loses bid to halt retrial
A federal judge on Monday brushed off a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to cancel his forthcoming retrial on political corruption charges, suggesting it amounted to a public-relations exercise. At a pretrial status hearing, Judge James Zagel stopped just short of dressing down defense lawyers, but showed clear disdain for the motion by refusing to even rule on it. The retrial is to start April 20.
52 feared dead in coal mine blast
Rescuers used shovels and bare hands Monday to dig out miners buried after a gas explosion deep in a coal mine in southwestern Pakistan near Sorange, lining up wooden caskets to await the bodies from an accident that left 52 feared dead. More than 200 people stood outside the mine waiting to help or hear news, but since the accident Sunday only bodies — 27 of them — have been recovered.
Italy: U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was briefly hospitalized in Rome early Monday after feeling unwell, but by afternoon had resumed her schedule, a spokesman said.
Israel: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin dined in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening after a tour of holy sites but devoid of public statements on foreign policy issues.